Memphis football vs. The Tigers are coming off a victory over Southern last weekend, while the Jaguars posted their first win of the season last week, a triumph over Jackson State.
TV: p. The Tigers' defense has come up big in the team's first two wins as it ranks third in the nation in pass defense Defensive end Bryce Huff has been a force up front, recording two tackles for loss and a sack, while linebacker JJ Russell is tied for ninth in the country with four tackles for loss.
Without Taylor, who rushed for yards and a touchdown against the Rebels, Memphis turned to freshman Kenneth Gainwell to power the running game, and he didn't disappoint.
Gainwell registered a career-high 85 yards and two TDs in the victory, giving coach Mike Norvell a solid replacement for as long as Taylor is sidelined.
Jared Wilson gained 95 yards on 12 carries while quarterback Cephus Johnson rushed for 33 yards and a touchdown. It was a big difference from the season-opening loss to Nebraska in which the Jaguars recorded just 83 yards on the ground and through the air.
In its win over Southern, Memphis blocked two punts in the same game for the first time since blocking four in against Arkansas. The Tigers had 11 different players catch a pass in the win over Southern, the most since 12 recorded receptions in a September win over Mercer.